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Center for American Progress

Recommendations for Newly Confirmed ATF Director Steve Dettelbach

Recommendations for Newly Confirmed ATF Director Steve Dettelbach

This coalition letter, led by the Center for American Progress in partnership with gun violence prevention and allied organizations, includes a list of immediate actions the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives can take to reduce gun violence.

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On July 12, 2022, the Senate confirmed Steve Dettelbach as director of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, a role that has been vacant since 2015. In this letter, the Center for American Progress and partner organizations make more than 30 recommendations to Director Dettelbach on how to enhance oversight of the gun industry, implement measures to combat gun trafficking, prevent domestic violence shootings, reduce firearm suicides, and increase transparency.


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Nick Wilson

Senior Director, Gun Violence Prevention

Allison Jordan

Research Associate, Gun Violence Prevention


Gun Violence Prevention

Our goal is to reduce gun violence by enacting strong gun laws, increasing investment in local solutions, and growing the movement dedicated to this mission.

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Gun violence in the United States is a pervasive public health issue. Ending this crisis requires a multipronged approach to address the many forms of gun violence that affect our communities. Firearm suicides, homicides, intimate partner and domestic violence, community gun violence, gun trafficking, and more all contribute to the immediate and growing need for comprehensive gun violence prevention policies.

Gun violence is not inevitable. The following resources discuss sensible solutions to address the gun violence epidemic.


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